2018 TBR Pile Challenge

2018tbrbuttonAlthough it’s still 2017 and I plan to finish up my current reading challenge before the year is out, I’m committing to a new challenge for 2018–the TBR Pile Challenge. I’ve never completed this challenge, but I am still determined to get through some of the books sitting on my real and virtual bookshelves. Here’s my list:

My 2018 TBR Pile Challenge List

  1. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  2. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  5. City of God by Beverly Swerling
  6. Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
  7. The Submission by Amy Waldman
  8. Just Kids by Patti Smith
  9. The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
  10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


  1. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  2. The Group by Mary McCarthy

Check out Roof Beam Reader’s post for specifics on the challenge. Adam always does a great job of hosting, so come and join the fun!

13 thoughts on “2018 TBR Pile Challenge

  1. Jillian

    Out of Africa is BEAUTIFUL, & I’ve heard great things about Jellicoe Road. Best wishes to you with this list. 🙂

  2. Roof Beam Reader

    Marquez! McCarthy! Great choices, although I haven’t read either one of those specific books. Ha. I’ve always wanted to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but it just hasn’t happened yet. I finally read my first Roald Dahl book this year…. I’m in my middle-thrities and just now reading Dahl? Lol Good luck! I’m excited to see your progress.

  3. Anita

    I like this idea, how did you choose this list? These books? I’d like to challenge myself to read some of my older books. Like the very oldest one I have on my Goodreads list…LOL! Good luck

    1. Too Fond Post author

      I actually just went through my physical book shelves and picked out ones I hadn’t read yet. If I started on the Goodreads list I would be in real trouble…since it’s about 500 books long at the moment! Good idea, though.

  4. Karen K.

    Some great books on your list! I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and The Moonflower Vine and The Group are good also.

  5. Cori

    I haven’t read Love in the Time of Cholera since college. It might be time to revisit that one with my adult perspective! Great list of books. Enjoy.

  6. Kristilyn

    I started A Tree Grows in Brooklyn this year and really liked what I read – I put it down after I just couldn’t find the time to read it. I’ll have to get back to it next year. Good luck!

  7. Brona

    I read Out of Africa for a CCspin – it was a struggle, sad to say. The movie was MUCH better (ie it had a narrative!!)

    Good luck with the rest 🙂


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